THE BENEFIT OF INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO EXERCISE EARLY

4 months ago

Sports do not only need to be done by adults. Children, even from the age of toddlers, need to exercise. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that school-age children (5–17 years) exercise at least 60 minutes daily. The recommended exercise time for children under five years old is three hours a day.

One of the problems we must pay attention to in the daily life and health of children is physical inactivity or children who do not do physical activities. They prefer to sit and be busy with gadgets all day rather than doing physical activities outside the home.

Did you know that physical activity or exercise for children is not only beneficial for physical health but also has non-physical health? Research proves that exercise done from an early age can provide multiple health benefits.

1.Increase bone density

Research shows that children who exercise regularly have better bone density. In fact, if it is done before puberty, the benefits of exercise that are felt by children are to avoid the risk of osteoporosis in the future. 

2.Prevent obesity

Balanced with the right diet, exercising at least three times a week will reduce the risk of obesity in children.

3.Improve muscle strength and coordination

Good muscle strength is important to improve gross and fine motor skills. Physical exercise is useful for training the coordination of signals between the brain and various muscles.

4.Improve your little one's cognitive function and intelligence

The habit of exercising will significantly improve the cognitive function and intelligence of children. Exercising makes children more focused and help build concentration skills. 

5.Increase self-confidence

Children who are active in sports, and physical activity with friends usually have higher self-confidence.

For children, sports should be fun and not boring. Invite them to discuss choosing what sport they like. So they will do it happily, no need to be forced, and can't wait to do it again. Here are sports that are suitable and liked by children: 

  • Bike riding
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastic
  • Football
  • Self-defense martial arts

What sport will your little one pick?